Liquor Licensing


Navigating the State and Local Liquor Licensing Application Process

Obtaining a liquor license is vital to the success of restaurants, liquor stores, bars, taverns, and other establishments that desire to sell alcoholic beverages, including public and private golf courses that operate pubs and golf course beverage carts, sporting arenas and concert venues. To obtain your license, you need someone with experience to provide you with knowledgeable guidance through the state and local licensing authority systems.

Attorneys at Lyons Gaddis have experience assisting entrepreneurs navigate the state and local liquor licensing process, including the application materials and public hearing process. An applicant must prove that the applicant is able to hold the license and that the adult inhabitants of the neighborhood need and desire that the license be issued. Liquor license attorney Adele Reester has both advised a local liquor licensing authority and represented applicants for liquor licensees. If you need assistance at any level in the process, from accurately and thoroughly completing the application documents to representation at the public hearing, we can serve as your advocate. Contact us at 303-776-9900 with questions regarding liquor licensing matters.

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Liquor License Violations

Once your liquor licenses are issued, you are in a business that carries serious responsibilities. While selling and serving alcoholic beverages to the public, you are expected to know and understand the complicated laws that regulate your business. Knowing or unintentional violations may result in the issuance of a show cause order to handle the alleged liquor code violation. Having your establishment shut down because of a violation or having to pay a fine in lieu of shutting down substantially affects your business. You don’t have to face these situations alone. Adele, a knowledgeable liquor license attorney, handles all aspects of the law that affect your liquor license.

Transferring a Liquor License, Corporate Changes, Modification of the Licensed Premises, and Other Matters Affecting a Liquor License

When you need to sell your business, the liquor license may be transferred to the buyer. The buyer may submit an application for a temporary liquor license in order to continue operating the business and selling alcoholic beverages during the pending transfer process. A transfer of the liquor license during this time saves the new liquor license holder from having to meet the neighborhood needs and desires requirement at a public hearing, and is a benefit to the buyer in a sale.

If your business’ corporate structure changes with newly elected board members or the purchase or sale of 10% or more of the corporation, then the state and local liquor licensing authorities must be notified. Additionally, there are time requirements for notifying the licensing authorities of changes of your registered manager and for submitting an application for a modification of premises prior to remodeling your establishment. Adele can assist with the proper paperwork to timely process these changes for your liquor license and to avoid any potential liquor license violations for the failure to report such changes or to gain prior approval.

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